RESET YOUR LIFE 2020! The Comeback – Week 4: Fix Your Diet For An Improved You!By Samantha Bessudo Drucker | January 28, 2020 | Fitness
Your Image Gal has been working hard. I managed to push through diet setbacks from holiday hoopla by exercising almost every day. As soon as I stopped swimming in champagne and returned to salad, fish and NO GRAINS, I started to see a slimmer me. Diet plays a huge part in changing your body. Here’s what I’ve been doing to see results.
BREAKFAST. I have lemon water, hot or cold tea or coffee and lots of water. I eat a little fruit but I try yo stay with low sugar fruits. Berries are best. I also like my green juice, 8-12 ounces that I sip slowly over the course of the morning. Try adding a slice of papaya and a slice of pineapple, they are beautifying. If you’re going to put in a good workout, you could add a small spotted banana just peeled or blended into some green juice.
LUNCH. It’s usually fish and vegetables or salad, salad, salad. You know the drill.
DINNER. It’s more vegetables or a little more salad with a lean protein or both. Alternatively, I have low sodium soups made from scratch. Try 3 to 4 cups of spinach with one cup of water blended with a dash of pepper and see salt, heat and enjoy. If my stomach is completely empty and I don’t feel like having dinner, I’ll have a small piece of fruit. It’s like eating dessert for dinner.
Here are some food tips I like to follow:
FRUITS. I don’t consume fruit with other foods. I prefer to consume fruit only on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning, as the nutrients can be digested faster. Learn more about that here.
WATER. Drink lots of water. Sometimes we confuse dehydration for hunger. Drink as much water as you can: hot, cold, infused with herbs like mint, basil or fruit. Keep on sipping!
FASTING. Often, I don’t eat until 10 am. I might elect to skip breakfast or lunch if I’m not too hungry. Some days I might choose to skip dinner and just have some hot herbal tea with an early bedtime. Beauty sleep is also beneficial.
PORTIONS. I’ve been cutting down my portions by half or more or measuring, simply trying to eat LESS.
SLOW DOWN. Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes before the brain gets the message that the stomach is full. Therefore eating very slowly facilitates with eating less.
ALCOHOL. Try to avoid it. I know, sometimes it’s impossible. I might choose a glass of white or rose loaded with ice to dilute and get some water in. Personally I think ice cubes count as water (wink). In a social situation, I give myself a two-drink limit. Avoid cocktails; they’re loaded with sugar.
And here are my results. I’ve lost 11 pounds. My skin is looking better and I am feeling great. My jawline and cheekbones are coming back into focus, my stomach is flattening and my clothes are fitting again, how encouraging!
Here’s what’s really amazing, in the process of this 90-day comeback journey, I’m feeling more positive and more in control. My mood and energy levels are elevated and productivity is up. As my mental state and confidence are also up, wonderful things are percolating in my professional life. The body and mind connection is symbiotic. I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can accomplish.
So don’t get discouraged, just keep going and eventually you will see results. There’s still a lot of work to do, and I am motivated right beside you!